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Plan Your Visit

This Cathedral was built as an offering to God by the monks who lived here. The music and worship that have been practised here ever since are a continuation of that offering. This is a very special place and we hope you find it a source of blessing, wonder and inspiration.

Visitor Opening Hours & Tickets

Monday to Saturday:
Visitor charges apply between 10am and 4pm

Visitor charges apply between Noon and 3pm

Please check any changes to opening hours before you visit.

We kindly request that Visitor Tickets are booked in advance.

Services take place Mondays - Saturdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 4pm – everyone is welcome to attend.

Guided Tour Tickets

You can add to your visit with one of our popular Cathedral Tours.

These include Ground Floor Tours, Special Interest Tours and behind the scenes access to the Cathedral's unique Octagon Tower, the West Tower and the Monastic Buildings dotted around the grounds.

New for 2023 - Etheldreda 1350 Tours - Journey through the incredible life and legacy of our founding Saint and Saxon Queen, St Etheldreda in this special anniversary year tour.

For more information, please visit our Tickets and Tours page.

Getting Here

Ely is located in the east of England, just 12 miles north of Cambridge, and is easily accessible by public transport and by car.

By public transport
Ely has many direct rail and bus connections and Ely Cathedral is a 10 minute walk from the railway station.

By road

Main road routes serving Ely include the A10 and A142 (linking with the M11, A1 and A14). Car parking is free of charge in the city centre. Ely Cathedral's post code is CB7 4DL.

Octagon Tower Tours

Acknowledged as one of the wonders of medieval engineering, this incredible structure, suspended high over the centre of the Cathedral is considered the jewel in the Cathedral crown.

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Iceni Botanical Artists: Art Exhibition

30 September - 13 October Celebrating the life of Queen Etheldreda: Herbals and Harvest

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Special Interest Tours

Delve deeper into the fascinating history of Ely Cathedral on one of our Special Interest Tours with our knowledgeable guides, followed by lunch at the 13th century Almonry Restaurant.

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West Tower Climb

NEW! Up for a challenge? Feeling fit? Join our Tower Climb Leader for a new experience at Ely Cathedral. Sundays at 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm

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St. Etheldreda 1350

This year we have a special programme of events, concerts, services and exhibits to mark 1350 years since St Etheldreda first established a monastery in Ely in AD 673.

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The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum within Ely Cathedral offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass.

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